I don't know about the rest of you, but it takes me a long time to make a word "mine". I have to see a knew vocabulary word several times and in several contexts, speak, and write it and maybe it will finally stick. The new Chinesepod dictionary has helped me in many ways. When I study a new lesson with a word that I know I have been exposed to before but I can't quite remember where, I type it in and it shows me all the dialogs it has appeared in and I say to myself, "Yes, I know this word." It is a wonderful tool that no other dictionary can perform because it brings me back to my first introduction and lead me to other examples of usage. It is a real time saver rather than leafing through old dialogs.
Another way I use it is to break words apart into their individual characters. If I just can't remember a word, sometimes I can remember it better when I learn its parts. For example, today I was exposed to sun1zhong4 which means respect, for those of you on my level. So I looked up sun1 which means honor and I knew zhong4 meant heavy, so now I have heavy honor, which makes sense to me as respect. And hopefully I will remember it after I hear it about 10 more times, but you get the idea. Just a tip from a fellow learner. The Chinesepod dictionary is useful in many ways. Anyone else have a learning tip to share.
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